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Ten O'Clock News; Democrats on Super Tuesday


Meg Vaillancourt reports that Michael Dukakis is the frontrunner among the Democratic presidential candidates after faring well in the Super Tuesday primary elections. Dukakis did well in the Southern states because he had money to travel and to buy advertising time. Jesse Jackson won the African American vote and some votes from southern whites. Vaillancourt discusses the performances of Democratic candidates Al Gore, Dick Gephardt, and Paul Simon. She notes that Gore did better than analysts had predicted. Vaillancourt analyzes the candidates' chances in the upcoming Illinois primary election. Vaillancourt's report includes footage of Dukakis campaigning, footage of Dukakis speaking to the media and footage from a Dukakis campaign advertisement. Vaillancourt's report is also accompanied by footage of Jackson campaigning, by footage of Gore campaigning and by footage of Gephardt and Simon. Vaillancourt's report features footage from a Gephardt campaign advertisement and footage of Dukakis with Walter Mondale.

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Ten O'Clock News

Democrats on Super Tuesday

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NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
Mondale, Walter F., 1928-
Advertising, Political
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
African American politicians
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1988
Political campaigns
Gore, Albert, 1948-
Simon, Paul, 1928-2003
African Americans -- Politics and government
News Report
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933- (Speaker)
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